Donald Drew, 77

Donald Drew, 77, of rural Marshalltown, died peacefully on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at his home.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Don will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church with Fr. Don Czapla officiating. Immediately following the mass, a luncheon with his family will be held. He will be laid to rest in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery at Haverhill. Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home. For condolences, please visit Ph. 641-844-1234.

Born on May 19, 1937, in rural St. Anthony, Iowa, Don was the son of Raymond and Lavina (Lawler) Drew. He graduated from the Ferguson High School Class of 1955. Don then worked with the Milwaukee Road Railroad at Ferguson and served our country honorably in the US Army reserves. He also attended DeVry University in Chicago.

On November 26, 1964, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marshalltown, he was united in marriage to Beverly “Bev” Shipley. They made their home in Marshalltown for 13 years until building their home west of Ferguson. Don was employed at Fishers until retiring in 1996 and had also worked at Lennox as well as farming. He treasured his family and enjoyed racing, golf, snowmobiling, go-carts, his pets, teaching the family how to drive (fast!), dirt-work and the outdoors.

Left to cherish his memory are Bev, his loving wife of nearly 50 years; his daughters: Dana (Dan) Runner of Gilman and Darci (John) Damman of Melbourne; six precious grandchildren: Drew, Delaney, Julie, Jacob, Jane, and Jenna; his nieces that he and Bev were blessed to have as a part of their family: Dawn (John) Jamison of Laurens, Iowa, and Jolene (Mark) Matney of Ankeny; his only sister, Dorothy (Bob) Scott of Gilman; and many friends.

In death, Don rejoined his parents, and brother who died in infancy.